Belton Lions’ Happenings!

New for 2024:  Lions on the Leon Wacky Boat Race now has it’s own event Facebook page.
MORE new for 2024:  We’ve added … Captain “D” Dash 5K Fun Run/Walk
2024 Lions on the Leon Food Truck Application
2024 Lions on the Leon Sponsorship
2024Lions on the Leon Small Business Vendor Agreement
2024 THE RULES Wacky Boat Race
2024 Wacky Boat Race Entry Form
New 2024 Lions on the Leon Flyer
2024 STAMPEDE on the Chisholm Trail Bicycle Ride

It was the 13th annual Belton Lions Club Stampede on the Chisholm Trail Bicycle Ride this past Saturday‼️‍♀️‍♂️ We want to give a big shout out to all the riders who rode in this event. Also, a big thanks to everyone else who donated and helped make this race possible. if you’re interested in riding next year, shoot us a message!
We will be ready for next years race

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New for 2024:  Lions on the Leon Wacky Boat Race now has it’s own event Facebook page.

2023: LIONS on the LEON Cardboard and Wacky Boat Race & Picnic in the Park 2023
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Belton Lions, Temple-Belton Lady Lions, Temple Founder Lions and Temple Breakfast Lions, pooled time and resources to provide free eye screenings to students at a recent Mt Zion UMC and Belton UMC Back to School with God Backpack Giveaway – Go Team Lions!

July 20th, 2023: Each year, Belton Lions Club awards two (2) $1,000 Scholarships to high school seniors pursuing a college degree in memory of Belton Lions.  Congratulations to our 2023 Scholarship Award Recipients:
2023 BLC Scholarships
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July 13th, 2023: Gene Ellis hosted (for Sam Listi) Matt Bates and Joseph Dyer who presented an update on the Heritage Park / Leon River improvements.  Our Club is honored to present our annual Heritage Park $5,000 partnership check to the City. Thank you!
5000 Check Presentation
SAVE the DATE … UPDATED July 19, 2023

THE RULES Wacky Boat Race (Updated May 2023)
Wacky Boat Race Entry form (Updated July 2023)
2023 Wacky Boat Race Supporter Agreement (Updated May 2023)


Make your plans early!  Join Belton Lions on Carnival Jubilee in January for a Roaring Good Cruise!
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Marek-Smith Teacher Training Center – Rebecca O’Banion, Ed. D. Vice President for Advancement, UMHB; and Aaron Rodeffer, UMHB Gift Officer – presented an update – transforming special education training in Texas – scheduled for completion in the Fall.  This new state-of-the-art 11,000 sq. ft. facility will lead the way for training and educating special education instructors. After the Program, Belton Lions Club Foundation presented a $2,500 check in support of the Marek Smith Training Center at UMHB.  Marek-Smith-Center-Brochure-2022.pdf (

HOCTIL Easter Baskets 2023

We are so blessed and thankful to be able to serve and give back to our community and families! Belton Lions delivered Easter baskets for HOCTIL families less fortunate. Proud and Humbled to be Belton Lions. We SERVE because We are LIONS ~ We are LIONS because We CARE!

HOCTIL Pictures with Santa Claus

Belton Lions had the pleasure to host “Pictures with Santa Claus for Children with Special Needs and their Families”. Thank you to HOCTIL – Susie Marek for organizing this incredible opportunity to SERVE, and to, Michelle Renchler for all of your amazing help. Thank you to State Representative Hugh Shine for joining us during the festivities. We also want to extend our Thanks to Providence Preparatory School students, Amanda Maroney Photography, United Healthcare, Beloved and Beyond, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, Maximus, Go Team Therapy Dogs, the wonderful Harris Community Center Staff, the City of Belton, Bell County Expo Center, our very talented Christmas Decorators, Cookie Bakers and Cocoa Makers (Belton Lion Members), Ted and Pat Duffield, and last, but not least, Santa and Mrs Claus!

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HOCTIL Christmas Baskets

 Serving our Community … Where there is a need ~ there are Belton Lions!  We Thank these Lake Belton High School Choir members for helping us to deliver the five baskets to less fortunate families for Christmas!

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Serving Youth: B.I.S.D. Project Heartbeat Angel

The Club partners with BISD to help Project HEARTBEAT by  providing Christmas for students and their siblings in the homeless program.


HOCTIL Thanksgiving Baskets

We are so blessed and thankful to be able to serve and give back to our community and families! Belton Lions delivered Thanksgiving baskets for HOCTIL families less fortunate. Where there is a need; there is a Lion. Proud and Humbled to be Belton Lions.

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Thank You HOCTIL (Heart of Central Texas Independent Living) for the opportunity to SERVE at the 2022 HOCTIL Fall Festival for Children with Special Needs and their Families! Amazing Kiddos, Costumes, Games, Candy and Fun!
Great time at Belton’s Bacon, Blues & Brews Cook-off over the weekend! Thank you Judy Garrett and City of Belton for the opportunity to sell the “People’s Choice” tickets; and introduce our Spinning Plates Competition. Innovative Bacon Delights; along with Energizing and Entertaining Music; made for a fabulous Saturday of Fun, Fellowship and Fundraising. The 2022 Master Spinner will be announced soon!
2022 Halley Cox Scholarship recipient – Anna Beamesderfer
2022 William Long Memorial Scholarship recipient – McKenna Maddux
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2022 Heritage Park Check Presentation – Lion President Mike Matthews presented our $5,000 annual support check for Heritage Park, to Matt Bates, Director of Parks & Recreation, City Manager Sam Listi, and Mayor Wayne Carpenter.  Matt Bates provided an update on Heritage Park improvements and future plans for development.  Belton Lions are excited for the opportunities and events upcoming at the Park.
On behalf of Belton Lions, District Governor Angela Cases presented our Club’s “LION of the YEAR” award to – none other than – 2021-2022 President John Corsi! … well deserved! CONGRATULATIONS!
Friends of Belton Lions – Past President James Harrison presented awards to Jon & Tina Wiist (King on the Mountain Cyclery), Paul Strang (Redbox Plus), and District Governor Angela Cases, for their outstanding support and service – with and for – Belton Lions Club.
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Thank you for Serving! District Governor Angela Cases officiated the Oath of Office for our Belton Lions 2022-2023 Officers: President Mike Matthews, 1st Vice President Jon Fontenot, 2nd Vice President Veronica Logan, Secretary Karen Stagner, Historian James Harrison, Tail Twister Danny Dossman (not pictured), Lion Tamer Mac Hickerson, Membership Chair John Corsi! It’s going to be another great year to be a Belton Lion!
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Happy Birthday Belton Lions – April 29th – Charter Night Review

Celebration was called to order by Club President Harrison @ 6:30pm
As of April 21st, our Belton Lions Club turned 82 years young – Serving the Belton Community!
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Each year, Matt Bates, Belton Director of Parks and Recreation, provides an update on the current and future plans for Heritage Park and Lions Pavilion.  Our Club presents the City with an annual $5,000 contribution to support this Beautiful Park. Thank you for the opportunity and privilege to Serve our Belton Community!
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